Senate slams sacrilegious material on social media

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

Senate Friday passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the circulation of objectionable material about Holy Prophet [PBUH] and his companions on the social media.
The resolution moved by Kamil Ali Agha said that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and it takes on its shoulder the responsibility for the sanctity of all the sacred personalities including Holy Prophet [PBUH], his companions and his family.
The resolution said that the recent incidents of circulation of sacrilegious material on the social media are aimed at stoking anarchy and unrest in the country. It said that our constitution respects the right of freedom of expression but does not allow the profanity of any holy personality.
The resolution urged the relevant quarters to take strict action against these elements and ensure proper monitoring of the social media and other tools of information technology.
Senators on the occasion strongly voiced their apprehensions about the blasphemous material saying these have strongly hurt the sentiments of Muslims. Some of the members suggested that some of agencies are capable enough not only to block such material but also trace out the elements involved in feeding the social media with such material.
The Senate was informed Friday that a proposal to construct four more entry gates along the border with Afghanistan is under consideration to effectively monitor the cross border movement of the people.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that these gates will be erected at South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Kurram Agency and Mohmand Agency. The Minister of State said that two entry gates at Torkham and Chaman are already operational and will be upgraded by 2020.
Responding to the questions about implementation of National Action Plan, he said that instruments are in place to check the terrorist financing and in this regard accounts of several thousand suspicious have also been blocked. He said since the launch of NAP 1865 terrorists have been killed and 5611 arrested. He said that 414 terrorists have also been executed under anti-terrorism act. He said that steps have also been taken towards dismantling the network of terrorists.
Balighur Rehman told the House that a policy is in place to monitor the operations of International NGOs. He said the present government has introduced a new registration policy for the INGOs. Under this policy, 142 NGOs operating in the country applied for registration. Of these, 58 have been registered as per the laid down procedure.

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